Twin Rivers


Twin Rivers Choice Neighborhoods Redevelopment Project

Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) is leading the transformation effort to redevelop the Twin Rivers public housing community and its surrounding River District neighborhood. When complete, this historically isolated area will be fully connected to new transit, employment centers, services, retail and cultural amenities creating a vibrant gateway to downtown Sacramento.

Twin Rivers, (formerly known as Dos Rios), was a 218-unit housing development on 22 acres that was first built in the 1940’s on 12th Street just south of Richards Boulevard. The community was one of the first developments in the County of Sacramento’s public housing inventory.  The site was cut off from the surrounding area by railroad tracks, levees and rivers, with limited roads, transit or sidewalks to reach nearby neighborhoods. The infrastructure and buildings at Twin Rivers have also reached the end of their useful life.

In 2012, as part of a long-term strategic response to these issues, the Housing Authority of the County of Sacramento (HACOS) through SHRA was awarded a $300,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to develop a Neighborhood Transformation Plan for the larger River District/Railyards neighborhood. The Transformation Plan set forth a comprehensive blueprint of the neighborhood, housing, and people strategies essential to realize the collective vision for this community.

In 2015, SHRA, in partnership with the City of Sacramento, was awarded a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Initiatives (CNI) Implementation Grant to carry through on the vision of transformation.

For more information, please contact Sandy Saechao at (916) 449-6240, or by email at

The Transformation Plan and CNI grant activities are focused on the four main outcomes below:

New Housing Development

Multi-Modal Connectivity

Neighborhood Revitalization

Twin Rivers Resident Success

Redevelopment Project Photos – Aerial Views

Redevelopment Project Photos – Ground Views

Twin Rivers Community Room Demolition

Twin Rivers Redevelopment Project Timeline

Jan-2012$300,000 CNI Planning Grant Award
Oct-2012MBS Selected as Master Developer & Housing Lead
Jan-2014Final Neighborhood Transformation Plan to HUD
Sep-2015Awarded $30 million CNI Implementation Grant
Apr-2016Urban Strategies Agreement for Resident Services
Oct-2016Acquisition of 12th Street Triangle Site
Jul-2017Tentative Map & Site Entitlements (Blocks A/B) Approved
Aug-2017Mitigated Negative Declaration (CEQA), Relocation/Demo & Project Plans, Adopted by Governing Bodies
Sep-2017Tenant Relocation Begins
Jul-2018Building Demolition Begins
Sep-2018Light Rail Station Designs Approved
Dec-2018Awarded $23 million TCC Implementation Grant to construct Light Rail station, add solar PV and community garden
Feb-2019Tenant Relocation Completed
Apr-2019Site Demolition Begins
June-2019Awarded $18.8 million in cap and-trade funding for the Affordable Housing and
Sustainable Communities Program to construct housing and install sustainable transportation infrastructure and transit related amenities.
Summer 2019Demolition Complete
3rd quarter 2019Infrastructure Installation Work begins
1st quarter 2020Building Construction begins
4th quarter 2020New Light Rail station construction begins
4th quarter 2021First Phase New Units ready for Occupancy
4th quarter 2022CNI Grant Close-out
2024Final Project Completion


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